T. Rex: Woodland Rock (EMI, 1971)
I'm way too young to really remember T. Rex (I am, I promise), but even someone as fresh-faced and perky as I can see that that having great hair and wearing ballet shoes - are you listening, Amy Winehouse - all make a pop star just that little bit more exciting. I have purloined this from a rather smart new compilation that's available next month. I'm very happy to say this version includes a wonderful intro by BBC ledge, Brian Matthew. This is the stuff...
Example: So Many Roads (The Beats, 2007)
Example is from Fulham. This track samples The Carpenters. His album is very good. I spoke to him the other week for a Guardian piece (I had nothing to do with the headline) and he was highly amusing. Crucially, on the record, he mentions the 220 bus route. Well, the old double-two (I've never, ever called it 'the old double-two' before) is a favourite of mine, so, in a way, he can now do no wrong.